Snow delayed survey for St Paul’s Church, Penarth

Penarth Times: ST PAULS: The consultation over the future of the vacant church has been extended ST PAULS: The consultation over the future of the vacant church has been extended

THE consultation over the future of St Paul’s Church has been extended after the delivery of forms was delayed in some areas of the St Augustine ward.

More than 4,000 consultation packs were supposed to have been delivered to householders in the area by January 21, when the six-week long exercise to establish public opinion on the future use of the dilapidated and vacant Arcot Street site began.

But the Vale of Glamorgan Council said that, due to the recent bad weather, the delivery process had been delayed.

The consultation is giving residents the chance to say whether they think the church should become the permanent home of its former occupants, Penarth Amateur Boxing Club, and also Penarth Gym Club.

The other option is for it to become a multipurpose communityfacility, which could serve a range of functions.

Plassey Square resident Alan Guppy, like the rest of his neighbours, he said, was among those who did not receive any forms for them to decide.

“It seems a bit anomalous if large parts of the ward haven’t been consulted,” said Mr Guppy, a former chairman of the Alexandra Ward Residents’ Association. “We have no forms here, no leaflets, no e-mails, nothing. It’s very strange.”

The council says that every house will receive a consultation pack by tomorrow (Friday, February 8).

The original deadline for return of the forms was February 22, but this has now been extended to March 1, 2013, to ensure that all households have the opportunity to participate.

Consultation officer, Rob Jones, said: “We apologise for the delay that some households have experienced and we’d like to take this opportunity to urge all households to respond to the consultation so that we can provide local residents with the community facilities that they desire.”

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